Brad Childers enters his third season with the Buccaneers women’s basketball team after joining the staff in the summer of 2016. Childers oversees all recruitment aspects of the program and has brought in talented players like Weknyne Dumorne, Shelby Wilbanks, Kelsie Ruff-Mills and Cailah Hicklin.
Since joining the staff, Childers has vastly improved the recruiting outreach for CSU taking it from a regional base to a national landscape. Childers has also been instrumental in CSU's 'Preview Day' where they have numerous recruits and families on campus.
Childers is no stranger to the Big South Conference, serving as an assistant coach on the Winthrop women's basketball staff from 2008-2011. During his time with the Eagles, Winthrop advanced to the postseason for the first time in program history as the team earned a berth into the WNIT in the 2008-09 season. He also helped five players move onto pro careers overseas during his time at Winthrop.
During Childers' second season, CSU saw the breakout of Weknyne Dumorne in the post as well as scoring contributions from around the floor. Six Buccaneers finished the season with 7.5 points per game or higher led by Njeri Nelms' 10.1 ppg and Rachel Burns; 9.3 ppg.
His first season with CSU saw the Bucs advance to the postseason for the first time since 2012. Charleston Southern advanced to the Women’s Basketball Invitational (WBI) after making an appearance in the 2017 Big South semifinals. Childers helped guide the Buccaneers to a 52-50 win over the Liberty in the 2017 Big South Quarterfinals for CSU’s first-ever victory over Liberty in the conference tournament.
Childers comes from Armstrong State University where he spent the 2015-16 season as the recruiting coordinator for the Pirates. Among his responsibilities with ASU included: Scouting Director, Individual Skills Director, Offensive Post Coordinator, Defensive Game Strategy, Game Scheduling and Camp Organizer.
During his year with the Pirates, Armstrong State made marked improvements as Childers helped guide the team to a 16-12 record, a three-game improvement from the 2014-15 season. The Pirates tied the record for the best start in program history (8-0), and improved from 13th to 3rd in defensive field goal percentage under Childers' tutelage.
Prior to Armstrong State, Childers was the head coach at East Georgia State College from 2012-15. The Bobcats improved their record in each of the three seasons Childers was there, and qualified for the Region Playoffs in both the 2013-14 and 2014-15 seasons. During his tenure at EGSC, 11 players moved on to play at four year basketball institutions.
Childers graduated from Lenoir-Rhyne College in 2007 with a B.A. in Mathematics, and completed his Masters of Art and Teaching of Secondary Math Education from Winthrop University in 2010.